A Phlebotomist draws blood from patients of all ages for diagnostic tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Phlebotomists are also responsible for labeling vials and delivering specimens to the lab or arranging shipment of samples to an outside lab. They work mainly in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, and doctors' offices.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Organize/clean blood-drawing trays, ensuring that all instruments are sterile and all needles, syringes, or related items are of first-time use.
- Draw blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe, or butterfly venipuncture methods.
- Conduct standards tests, such as blood alcohol, blood culture, oral glucose tolerance, glucose screening, blood smears, or peak and trough drug levels tests.
- Labels vials with the proper patient name.
- Decides the best method for drawing blood from patients.
- Practices proper infection caution procedures while taking blood and transporting blood to the lab.
- Dispose of blood or other biohazard fluids or tissue, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, or policies.
- Dispose of contaminated sharps, in accordance with applicable laws, standards, and policies.
- In a dedicated lab facility, phlebotomists may be responsible for taking and recording patient vitals such as temperature, weight, height, and blood pressure. In these instances, phlebotomists must be sure to record accurately.
- 1+ years work experience as a Phlebotomist
- National Certification Required
- Current BLS (AHA preferred)
- Valid driver’s license, State ID, or Passport
- Current TB screen
- Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process